Since the financial crisis hit, 77% of women are more worried now about making ends meet, up from 61% in April 2008, according to a survey by AXA Equitable. Eighty-five percent say having a guaranteed source of retirement income for life is highly important, up from 72% who said so in the earlier survey.

Nonetheless, few women appear to be proactively taking steps to improve their financial situation, with only 41% working with a financial professional, down from 60% who were doing so in April 2008. They also report owning 10% fewer stocks, mutual funds, IRAs and annuities.

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